Dell Thunder Android 2.1 phone

Seems like only yesterday that we were asking "What else could we see in an Android phone?" We also were asking "Seriously? This is the best Dell can do?" Looks like we're getting our answer, in the Dell Thunder (cousin to the Windows Phone 7 Dell Lightning), snagged in a fairly major leak from Engadget. See if these specs pique your interest any:

  • Android 2.1
  • 4.1-inch WVGA OLED screen.
  • Flash 10.1.
  • Integrated Hulu app.
  • 8MP camera.
  • Exchange Activesync
  • Swype keyboard.
  • 7.2Mbps HSDPA (download speed)/5.76Mbps HSUPA (upload speed)

While HSPA specs mean GSM radios -- and that means either AT&T or T-Mobile -- remember that Swype currently has a deal to be on T-Mo handsets. That doesn't mean there's not room for more (and we'd certainly love to see Swype branch out as much as possible).

There's also a very custom "Stage" UI on top of Android. We'll just have to wait and see about that. And we're a little hesitant about the lack of a dedicated search button on the front of the phone. But we're getting way ahead of ourselves. There will be plenty of time to drool over the Thunder. [Engadget]

 
There are 10 comments

MowDownJoe says:

WTF INTEGRATED HULU?

...I'm already in love.

Darkshneider says:

Got to admit, Thunder and Lightning look nice.

phobic#IM says:

These phones are looking sweet indeed and the Dell Flash was also just leaked as well.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/21/dell-flash-to-offer-android-froyo-in-...

Awake says:

Nice phones, crappy networks. It's pretty obvious why these devices aren't going to Sprint or Verizon.

dodgersrgood says:

think we can port that hulu app to the droid???

threepio says:

Damn those are sexy

javago says:

so u still compare this all new phones android or any. THE HTC EVO 4g still out does all of them both in features and form factor.

y2whisper says:

True the EVO 4G is still at the top....if you are on sprint. but otherwise, I'm dare i say it.....Thunderstruck

kmatheny says:

I'm not normally a Dell fan, but this looks like a good device on paper. I would love to try it out. Integrated Hulu- count me in! I can't live without the Swype keyboard, so the fact that it comes preinstalled is great news!

The only reason I got the Moto Droid was for the physical keyboard. I hated soft keyboards until I used Swype, but now I only slide out the keyboard for surfing the web...not to mention I can txt faster with one thumb using Swype than with two thumbs on any mobile keyboard I've tested.

Might be some hope left in Dell after all.

I hope they offer it with the physical keyboard on android. The lightning appears exactly the same other than that. Either that or I hope someone quickly figures out how to set up a dual boot on the lightning. That would be perfection.